May 23rd, 2008

robert smith made by nucleicacid

Tinned mock chicken recipes?

I bought a tin of mock chicken from my local Chinese supermarket the other day, and I'm not really sure what to do with it! From the ingredients list I think it's pretty much seitan with soy sauce and seasoning.

I've never even cooked seitan, let alone this, so I'm at a bit of a loss really!

Anyone used this before, or have any recipes which might work with it? I've checked the tags but I can't really find anything that seems right. Thankyou!

i have a smoking problem

I want to buy a smoker.

First and foremost, I want to use it to smoke specialty grains for the beer I brew. I love rauchbier. Unfortunately, I am unable to justify the price of a brand new smoker to SWMBO on this alone.

Being the sole chef, I need several good smoker recipes that will "whet the appetite" so to speak. Any suggestions? I'm already armed with a recipe for smoked tofu/tempeh, and I invented one for yummy seitan stuffed jalapenos. I'm going to need more. Any suggestions?

On a side note: A smoker is not a likely piece of hardware for a vegan. I always enjoy encroaching on territory that is assumed to be reserved for those who choose to partake in carnivorous activity. I know a few meat eaters that will find my usage of this hardware as sacrilige, and I will do well to flaunt this fact.

(wouldn't it be cool to have a giant piece of juicy yummy seitan on one of those gyros spinners?)

Vegan Bridal Shower Tea Sandwiches?


I'm throwing a bridal shower for my lil' sister, and I would like to make a whole array of cute tea sandwiches/finger foods. Have any tried-and-true crowd pleasers? (It's a fairly adventurous group, so creative is good.)

Also, it's my first bridal shower, so if you have any bonus tips or favorite not-too-annoying games, please feel free to share!

Thanks, folks!

Quiche/ custard

I would like to make a vegan quiche.
Oh, sure! it would be lovely to get some silken tofu, give it a whiz in the blender and dump it in a pie crust. Sure would. But I've run into a problem.

When I eat too much soy I get awful migraines and my body completely feels out of whack. I'm not sure if it's an allergy, but I can't tolerate it and sustain myself on it. I'm trying to figure out new ways to incorporate other food and proteins in my dishes before I just say fuck it and go back to eggs.

So, my question to you all, how could I make a soy-free quiche or custard? A recipe would be delightful, but it would be equally appreciated being pointed in the right direction.

Thank you!